I use Snow Fungus mainly for salads and soups, but I recently discovered that Snow Fungus is often used for sweets in some Asian countries. Snow Fungus is tasteless and it has unique gelatinous texture, and it is believed that Snow Fungus has some medicinal benefits. Today I cooked it with Pear in lemony syrup. If it truely has those medicinal benefits, this dessert is good for you. It’s yummy at least.
2-3g Dried Snow Fungus
1 cup Water
A few slices Lemon Zest
1 tablespoon Sultanas OR Raisins
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 ripe Pear
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- Soak Dried Snow Fungus in water for 15-20 minutes OR until softened. Wash the softened Snow Fungus very well and drain. Remove the hard bottom bits if required, and tear into small pieces.
- Place Snow Fungus in a small saucepan, add Water, Lemon Zest, Sultanas (OR Raisins) and Sugar, cover with a lid, and simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
- Peel Pear, remove the core, and cut into 8 wedges. Add Pear to the saucepan, cover with the lid, and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until Pear is soft. Add Lemon Juice and cool completely. I recommend to chill in the fridge. *Note: It can be enjoyed hot.
Seeing this recipe has made me so happy. I moved to Melbourne when I was almost 10. I remembered enjoying a sweet dessert soup with a clear, chewy-gelatinous “something” when I was a child, but I never knew the real name (we kids called it jellyfish as a joke). This is the recipe that taught me that the “something” is snow fungus! Thank you so much for inadvertently solving this puzzle. I am going to go buy it tomorrow and make this recipe for my family. 💛 Thank you again. Wishing the best for you and your family.
Vanessa, thank you for this comment. I am so glad I could help you to solve the puzzle. You might have already tried this sweet by now. I hope your family enjoyed it.